2021 NCSM Ross Taylor Glenn Gilbert Award presented to Linda Griffith
Arkansas Initiative for Instructional Materials (AIIM)
The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is committed to ensuring that every student in Arkansas has equitable access to high-quality instructional materials (HQIM), grade-level instruction, and responsive practices, leading to opportunities to reach college, career, and life goals. Additionally, DESE will support all Arkansas educators to have strong foundations in pedagogical content knowledge and readiness to identify and skillfully implement HQIM. In Arkansas, HQIM are curriculum materials aligned to state academic standards that include evidence-based strategies, inclusive practices, and embedded teacher supports. High-quality materials take into account the needs and experiences of diverse learners that are actively literate, critical thinkers, and engaged in the community. For more information check out the Arkansas Initiative for Instructional Materials (AIIM) webpage
The state-wide professional development focus for mathematics is AR Math QuEST (Quantitative Essentials for Students and Teachers), a two-year learning opportunity for mathematics educators grades K-12. AR Math QuEST is a journey for ambitious teaching that promotes equity and engagement of all students in meaningful mathematics learning experiences of reasoning and problem solving. AR Math QuEST empowers educators and families to help students develop positive identities as doers of mathematics to increase student achievement. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)’s Mathematics Teaching Practices and the Standards for Mathematical Practice are the research-based foundation for exemplary teaching and learning.
The Arkansas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Coalition is a statewide partnership of leaders from the corporate, education, government and community sectors which plans, encourages, coordinates and advocates policies, strategies, and programs supportive of excellence in STEM teaching and learning in order to expand the economy of Arkansas and produce higher paying jobs.